Race the Wolf's trail marathon takes runners on a full circuit of Schweitzer Mountain, over a variety of terrain with fast, fun single track and two-track.
26-ish miles (or whatever your Garmin says).
This is a grueling 26.4 miles with 3 hard climbs and technical rocky sections. Do not overestimate your conditioning and underestimate the course. When it is all over enjoy some cheese with your whine. The pain will go away but your satisfaction upon finishing won’t!
IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL PARTICIPANTS TO LOOK FOR ANY EMAIL OR VIDEO POSTS SENT TO YOU WITH UPDATES AND FINAL INSTRUCTIONS. WE WILL SEND FINAL RACE INSTRUCTIONS TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE RACE.
#1 Mile 6.40 HighPoint/Blizzard Connector Road- Tailwind, Water, Soda and minimal food
Mile 8.60 Remote water at Towers
#2 Mile 12.80 Start/Finish Line- Water, Tailwind, Soda and food and Drop bags.
#3 Mile 19.60 Outback-Water, Tailwind, Soda and minimal food.
#4 Mile 22 plus Sky House Platform-Water, Tailwind, Soda and food
COURSES WILL BE HEAVILY MARKED WITH OBVIOUS DIRECTIONAL SIGNS AND FLAGGING TAPE. IF YOU READ AND LISTEN TO ANY FINAL INSTRUCTIONS AND PARTICIPATE IN THE PRE-RACE MEETING AT THE START LINE, JUST FOLLOW THE SIGN AND TAPE INSTRUCTIONS FROM BEGINNING TO END.
You need to be able to self support between aid stations. Carry water in a pack, hand teens, or on a belt.
Marathon Course: START DOES FRONTSIDE LOOP FIRST FOLLOWING YELLOW POLKA DOT TAPE TO FIRST AID STATION ONLY!!!
I REPEAT FOLLOW YELLOW POLKA DOT TAPE TO THE FIRST AID STATION ONLY!!!
From Start go .30 mi. straight uphill to Nature Trail then stay on it till Service Road at 1.45 miles. Go left and stay on road straight ahead with Towers in sight. Follow marathon signage At 2.45 go right on to Highpoint Trail. Stay on Highpoint singletrack trail all the way down to 6.10 and at old skid road continue left and straight for .30 to gravel road and Aid Station One at 6.40 miles. LEAVE AID STATION ONE AND FOLLOW PINK FLAGGING TO THE FINISH.
I REPEAT, AFTER LEAVING FIRST AID STATION AT 6.40 MILES FOLLOW ONLY PINK FLAGGING TO THE FINISH!!
We will have reminder signs.
Go through Gate and up gravel road and around first switchback in less than 100 yards take old jeep road on the right. Stay on this all the way to the summit and at Lake Side Triple there is remote water Mile 8.60. Proceed down gravel road .55 miles to the BearGrass Trail (Blue Barrell) Mile 9.15. Take this down to the base. Mile 12.80 and Aid Station Two. You will arrive back at the start line in the village.
BACKSIDE LOOP: When you cross the Start Line in the village go past Horse Corral and in a short distance take a left on Upper Grrrr to Huckleberry Ridge. Follow flagging and signs. At 2 miles you will hit a dirt road, go right 50 yards then go left on Cloudwalker (Service Road). Take this to the second trail on the right (unsigned) this runs parallel to the service road. Once you reach the service road again stay on it 3.80 miles to the Outback Aid Station Three at Mile 19.60. From here follow pink flagging over creek to Little Blue Ridge. Begin climb straight up for 1.65 miles. At the top (You’ll see T bar ski lift) go left and head for Skyhouse in the distance. Go past the front of the Skyhouse and you will see Aid Station Four on the Wedding Platform just past the Lift this is Mile 22. From here proceed down gravel road past pond on right and take a left on to Bear Grass Trail to the finish. 26.4 miles.
Start: 7:00 AM at the Village Clock Tower.
Drop bags: Drop bags located near the Clock Tower (start/finish area), mile 13.1 Bring your drop bag when you pick up your number. All participants are responsible for their own drop bags and MUST HAVE YOUR NAME AND BIB# CLEARLY LEGIBLE.
SKY HOUSE PLATFORM - 4:00 PM SHARP Sky House Aid Station at Mile 22. This is a FIRM CUTOFF. PLEASE DO NOT ARGUE.
FINISH - 5:00 PM (must finish by this time to be an official finisher)
Chip timing and results: Your time starts when you cross the mat. Run Sign Up results posted at the finish line and online. You will get more instructions in the final instructions email and race briefing
Course support: Aid Stations with Water, Tailwind, Soda and some food. Highly advised to use your own nutrition that has worked for you. Self-support between stations. Medical support on course.
Awards: 1-3 overall and 1-3 /10 yr age group. All finishers take home a Race the Wolf finisher shirt.
Packet Pickup: 1:00-3:00 PM Saturday June 22 or RACE DAY STARTING AT 06:00 AM BOTH OF THESE ARE EASY TO FIND IN THE VILLAGE BY THE CLOCK TOWER
Pre-race Briefing: 30 min before race start.
Post-race food and drink: Courtesy of Schweitzer for all marathon/half marathon participants. Full meal, snacks, beverages and cold beer!
Spectating: We love spectators! The most accessible places to watch your competitors is at the Clock Tower/start/finish area at the start, then at the mid-way point (about 12.8 miles) and at the end of the race, and we definitely recommend spectators watching from the 22 mile marker at the Skyhouse with a summer day lift ticket. Incredible views and food and beverage service is available at Skyhouse with a very fun sun deck or lawn to enjoy.
Parking: at Gateway parking lot first which is just below the village.
No bib transfers, no refunds and no deferrals. For valid medical deferral policy contact Race Director with contact form on this page. Sometimes training plans can change, so Any participant registered for the Marathon may change to a lower distance race until the transfer deadline. Deadline to drop to the half marathon is June 15, 2024.
The races will be held rain or shine and you are responsible for your well being under possible weather and exposure.
This is a trail race which requires participants to navigate trail, dirt road, and off-trail sections. Map files are one tool for participants to use. It is critical that all participants FOLLOW ALL PRE RACE INSTRUCTIONS, THE COURSE IS DEFINED AS WHAT IS MARKED WITH FLAGGING AND DIRECTIONAL SIGNS ON RACE DAY. IT IS MARKED WELL, JUST FOLLOW THE MARKINGS TO YOUR FINISH!!!